Pantothenic acid or as it is usually referred to, vitamin B5, is a water soluble vitamin that is actually necessary for sustaining life. This is especially true for humans who need pantothenic acid to facilitate the activity of a variety of life sustaining enzymes. There are several different forms that pantothenic acid comes in. As far as supplemental sources are concerned, D-calcium pantothenate is the most popular source of this vitamin since it is much more stable than pantothenic acid bound to calcium, making absorption into the digestive tract much simpler. Just about every single fruit and vegetable has some amount of pantothenic acid in it (which is what gave the acid it's name, as in the original Greek, "Pantos" means everywhere), with the best sources being chicken, milk, beef, and mushrooms. Pantothenic acid is particularly important because of its relation to coenzyme A. The body converts pantothenic acid into pantethine. Pantethine is a building block of CoA which itself is important in supporting various bodily functions including the Krebs cycle, and the conversion of various nutrients, proteins, sugars, and fat into energy that the body can use. It also helps to destroy toxins in the liver and break down drugs as well as synthesizing cholesterol choline, and melatonin. Another chemical resulting indirectly from the breakdown of Pantothenic Acid in the body is ACP, which helps to protect nerves from being damaged easily.
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